Love the movies? Then a 'set-jetting' holiday in the USA will suit you down to the ground, with lots of destinations where you can see where your favourite films were filmed. Find out where you can become part of the ‘set-jet’ with our round up of great movie locations to visit in 2019.
Los Angeles, California
Plenty of movies have been shot in Los Angeles, but one of the latest is Quentin Tarantino's new film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood which was filmed there from June to November 2018. The film features a Hollywood Boulevard designed to look like it’s in 1969 and iconic L.A. bars and theatres including El Coyote Mexican Cafe
(7312 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles 90036), Regency Bruin Theatre
(948 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles 90024), Pacific Theatres' Cinerama Dome
(6360 W Sunset Blvd, Hollywood 90028) and Musso & Frank Grill
(6667 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 90028), Hollywood's oldest restaurant, pictured here. You can discover the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood locations on a walk with DTLA Walking Tours
or Red Line Tours
, or make your own tour. Order a Margarita and ask for table C6 at celebrity haunt Casa Vega
(13301 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks 91423) where Dalton and Booth get a drink. [Photo credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.]
Monument Valley, Utah
The state of Utah is packed with iconic locations that you’ll recognise from some of your favourite movies
. Backdrops include Monument Valley whose sandstone buttes and red-sand landscape have featured on screen in The Lone Ranger, Back to the Future III, Doctor Who and also Forrest Gump - Highway 163 was where Forrest Gump ended his epic run around the USA. The movie was released 25 years ago and is one of several Utah-set movies that are celebrating anniversaries this year, including Easy Rider (50th Anniversary) and Dumb & Dumber (25th Anniversary). It’s also the 50th Anniversary of Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid You, and can Hike the Cassidy Trail
. This eight-mile trail near Bryce Canyon National Park through spectacular crimson-coloured cliffs and underneath majestic clusters of 60-million-year-old limestone pinnacles and spires known as hoodoos, is the same one the notorious Butch Cassidy used to evade the law, and part of what was known as the ‘Outlaw Trail’. Find this and more on the interactive digital map of film locations created by the Utah Film Commission
. Find out what’s filming now here
Seven Mile Bridge, Key West, Florida
Bond movie Licence to Kill celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and is one of many iconic movies filmed in Key West. The famous opening scene takes place on the iconic Seven Mile Bridge with other segments filmed at Key West International Airport and on Whitehead Street at the Key West Lighthouse
and Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum
. Other movies that have featured the dramatic bridge include 2 Fast 2 Furious and True Lies. [Photo credit Rob O’Neal]
Charleston and North Charleston, South Carolina
With its diverse landscape and competitive incentives, South Carolina has been used as a location for more than 200 movies and TV series in the past 30 years. Visit the Charleston region and you’ll see the sets of films including the recent Halloween, as well as classics including The Notebook, The Patriot, Die Hard: With a Vengeance and Cold Mountain. To view all the major films and TV series that shot in the state, take a look at the filmography section of the website
Monterey County, California
Big Little Lies film locations, Monterey County is an exquisite place to set out for a Big Little Lies road trip with America As You Like it
. Kick off your trip with a coffee at Paluca Trattoria restaurant, on Old Fisherman’s Wharf, which provided the inspiration for the set design of Blue Blues, the fictional cafe where the show’s leads meet for a gossip. Head down Highway One - and cross the iconic Bixby Canyon Bridge that features in the series’ opening sequence - and discover Garrapta State Park and the dramatic Big Sur beach that’s the backdrop of many key Big Little Lies scenes. You’ll find other sets outside Monterey itself, in Malibu, Pasadena and Hollywood. It’s there in Barnsdall Art Park that you’ll find the infamous ‘under repair’ stairs from the series. It’s also where the ‘Trivia Night’ event was held in the final episode of season one. Stressed out? You can enjoy a yoga session at Liberations Yoga, the Los Angeles studio that served as a set for Bonnie’s yoga studio.
This year marks the 30 year anniversary of the hit movie ‘Steel Magnolias’. The film starring Julia Roberts, Sally Field and Dolly Parton smashed the U.S box office when it was released in 1989 and became a classic. The movie was filmed in Natchitoches, Louisiana
, which has created a tour for fans of the blockbuster. Fans will be able to visit 17 of the locations that were used in the film including the St. Augustine Catholic Church and the Tauzin Plantation Home.
Head to Pittsburgh to visit the sets of the Dark Knight Rises; filming took place in the summer of 2011, mainly in the Oakland, Downtown and North Side neighbourhoods. One of the most memorable scenes was set at the Heinz Field
stadium located in Pittsburgh’s North Side, home to American Football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team itself appeared in the movie, with players suited up as the Gotham Rogues. You can also visit Carnegie Mellon University, whose dramatic buildings became the location of some very exciting scenes. The city’s tallest building, the US Steel Tower, also featured in the film from up above and close up as Batman manoeuvres through the city.
The new movie version of Louisa May Alcott’s famous Little Women novel launches in UK cinemas in December 2019. The author wrote and set her famous novel at Orchard House in Concord
, Massachusetts, which was also her home from 1858-1877 and is now a museum. The movie was filmed at Orchard House, so you’ll be visit the movie set while you visit the museum to get a feel for Louisa May Alcott’s family life. An easy day out from Boston, Concord is a quintessential New England town, a 30-minute drive or 40-minute train ride from the city.
Old Tucson, Arizona
Looking for an Old West backdrop? Head to Old Tucson
which is an incredible modern-day Old West theme park. The town has served as the backdrop for countless Hollywood classics such as the 1993 film Tombstone starring Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer and Sam Elliott.
San Diego, California
Top Gun 2 is back and filmed in San Diego. It’s not known which scenes will make the final cut of the sequel but fans of the movie can visit the spots from the original Top Gun
in San Diego including The Lafayette Hotel‘s Mississippi Room where Maverick famously serenades Charlie, and the Kansas City Barbeque restaurant where you can see the piano played by Goose.